Coast girl Cindy wants to be a leader in the community
The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program is a two year program that aims to provide emerging leaders with leadership training opportunities to increase their capacity to create and lead positive and lasting changes within their lives and their communities.
As you know my name is Cindy Smith, I have just turned 19-years-old and live on the Capricorn Coast.
At the age of 16 I was hired as a school based trainee at Employment Services QLD and was soon promoted to Employment Advisor and now am hired as the Site Coordinator for ESQ Yeppoon.
I am currently participating in the two year leadership program to gain leadership skills and abilities and to also gain my Certificate IV Community Development which every participant will receive in October 2014.
I would also like to continue learning from other peoples experiences within the Indigenous Heritage as I am a young woman who is multi-cultured with my Dad being from an Aboriginal heritage and my mother being from a Filipino heritage. However I have not had much experience with my Indigenous side.
Each State and territory have a team of either three or four members who are located all over the state or territory and I am happy to announce that I am one of the three Queensland team members and unfortunately am the only girl representing the State.
Each participant is supported by Indigenous Mentors (Mike) and program managers and Volunteers.
What have we learnt from the program is that there is a lack of role models in communities and how we plan to address them is to give Indigenous people such as myself the confidence to inspire change for our families and communities.
Over the two year program 18 young leaders and seven mentors will participate in six block trainings which consist of traveling to Melbourne, Sydney and even Alice springs to educate ourselves on leadership skills, as we are one year into the program I am proud to say that I have fully participated in three blocks of training and am looking forward to continue my journey towards the near three.
The program requires a huge commitment towards health and fitness to be able to do Kokoda Trek. I have enjoyed the early starts of fitness while doing on block training and will follow through with 3 - 4 days a week fitness schedules.
Each participant's goal is to fund raise a minimum amount of $4000 before March 2014 which will go towards our journey to Papua New Guinea where we will commence and complete 96kms of the Kokoda Trek over 10 days in June 2014.